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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

23 August 2011. THIS is What I Believe…

I wrote the following to a friend (personal references deleted):

Sometimes you must be “disrespectful”… and “confrontational”… as Frederick Douglass said:

This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labour, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.

Don’t ever toady to clergy. Just because someone wears a riassa doesn’t mean that you have to “respect” him… clergy who scream for that are always of the lowest sort.

That’s what I believe…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Albany NY

23 August 2011. Two of Whiteford’s Fanatical Cult Followers Attacked a Friend of Mine… Hands Off, Knuckleheads!

This typifies “Carol S” and Andrea Vangor… that’s all one needs to say. Do we want such Sectarian attitudes amongst us? I certainly don’t!

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It’s impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.

William McAdoo

US Secretary of the Treasury (1913-18)

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Editor’s Foreword:

I’m going to give you two unhinged diatribes by Whiteford’s besotted parishioners attacking Kristi Koumentakos. I’m proud to call Kristi and her father Alex my friends. Hey, if these nappy-wearing schmidiots were attacking me, well, I’d leave ‘em be… I wouldn’t validate their nasty and boorish vapourings by acknowledging them. You guys know what I say, you know what they say about me, and you’ve made up your own minds on the matter. I don’t need to defend myself further. However… they attacked a friend of mine… that’s NOT kosher in my book. If you attack anyone in my family (or in Nicky’s family… bar none), or savage any of my friends, you’re my enemy, and I’m your implacable foe… full stop. That’s the Russian way… that’s the Slavic way… hell, that’s the decent way. No good Christian stands aloof when spiteful sorts attack family members or friends. I’ll take a ton o’ shit from those who pounce on me (I’ve gotten used to low blows and hidden coshes by now). On the other hand, expect a Zaporozhian reaction if you attack my family or friends.

Firstly, I’m going to give you the posts, then, I’ll give my commentary. You can guess the tone of it… the cruelty and self-possessed hypocrisy that these konvertsy brats show is breathtaking…

BMD

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Diatribe One:

It is true that seminary education is no guarantee; however, no seminary education is no guarantee either. It has as much to do with the individual as it does the education. Yes, indeed. But those who have not met Fr John have no idea of the totality of his ministry… the internet is only a small portion. Fr John has a growing wonderful parish in the Houston area, while sadly, there are some Orthodox priests in this country who are “museum curators and undertakers”… nice historic buildings but not much spiritual growth there. What really bothers me about this recent discussion is that it seems people don’t want to be told how to live or what to do, even when it comes from the Bible or the Church Fathers. Is this where American Orthodoxy is heading… to be like the Roman Catholic church in America where the church officially teaches one thing, but everyone ignores it and does what pleases them? Or, so that we don’t have to be hypocrites, let reshape the Church as we please?

Just wondering,

Carol

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Diatribe Two:

You are so right, Carol. I have to suppose that some people think they’re being bullied when they lose an argument for which they are not equipped. If you can’t debate a point about Orthodoxy based on the Scriptures, the Fathers, or the Councils, you just can’t win. No point in getting upset about it. It’s generally our pride that hurts, and it’s our pride that makes us want to lash out when we lose the argument. Surely, a lot of this attitude comes from the years of scandal in the OCA. People just got into the habit of disrespecting the clergy and can’t break it. They… we… all suffer, too, from the modern disease of fancying that our feelings are of paramount importance. It’s amazing how many adults still cling to this belief even in a tough economy. The hardest thing for any of us to learn is how to accept correction for the good of our souls. Winston Churchill said that he always enjoyed learning but did not enjoy being taught.

Andrea Vangor

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The Russian Market: Satan Reigns There

Vasili Ostrovsky

2004

John Whiteford is a rabid rightwinger… THIS is what he believes in… THIS is what he propagates… may God have mercy on him and those he’s misleading… anyone who argues for the “Free” Market argues for the demonic empowerment of wealth and greed, there’s no getting around it.

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Editor’s Afterword:

These diatribes are breathtaking in their self-centredness and hypocritical judgement of the entire world about them. “What really bothers me about this recent discussion is that it seems people don’t want to be told how to live or what to do, even when it comes from the Bible or the Church Fathers”. Izzat so? An ignoranus convert is jumping up and down demanding to be heard… well, Missy… the first thing that you have to do is to acquaint yourself with what the REAL leaders of the Church say (such as Patriarch Kirill and Vsevolod Anatolyevich), not what your benighted cult guru Whiteford says. Secondly, stop bugling about the bible and the Fathers… you obviously don’t have the intellectual or spiritual background to “discern the spirits”.

You’re no St Serafim Vyritsky, who prayed for a thousand days and nights on a rock for the victory of the Soviet forces in the VOV… you’re no Patriarch Sergei Stragorodsky, who accepted a living crucifixion in order to save the Church (Elder Vitaly of Jordanville spoke of Patriarch Sergei’s great podvig)… you’re no Fr Mikhail Shuvar, who sealed his faith in his blood. John Whiteford is a rightwing lunatic who supports the enemies of the Church in the rodina. I’ll tell you who stood up for the Church and stood TALL… the Communists stood up and defended the Church when American-financed and -led “Westernisers” attacked the Church in the Ukraine. The Komsomol activists formed armed bodyguards around the bishops, they protected the parish churches from Uniate and schismatic mobs, and they treated the clergy with real (not phoney) respect. Your precious John Whiteford supports an evil rightwing political ideology that’s in active opposition to everything that the Church teaches.

You shouldn’t be attending to such a detestable anti-Christian man… listen to His Holiness, instead! The patriarch said that many people have given their souls over to the devil, falling under the influence of thoughts and behaviours “that obsess modern mankind today, without even mentioning their complete enslavement to the rule of the sensual passions. These people think that they’re heroes, that they’re strong… because they have power, because they have money and influence, they can satisfy any of their desires and whims. They feel themselves free of all bonds, including those from God. They don’t realise that their ‘power’ is just slavery, that they’re pathetic puppets of the devil. Only when they realise that everything’s failed, when their life’s broken, when they find out that there are no friends, no lovers, or no family with them… that there’s nothing left to them but their passions… only then could some of them, unfortunately, not all of them, come to comprehend what’s happened to them”. Kirill Mikhailovich is talking of the demonic and greedy ideology of Neoliberal “conservatism” (he also speaks openly of the fraudulence of the “Free” Market)… the US Republican Party has been hijacked by those who openly fly the black flag of nihilism… His Holiness attacks the very consumer society that John Whiteford defends by his espousal of depraved unbelievers such as Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin (the latter snake is particularly vile as she’s a Jayzuss Jumper).

Also, note, “I have to suppose that some people think they’re being bullied when they lose an argument for which they are not equipped”. I beg your pardon! I’ve FORGOTTEN more about Orthodox history and culture than these silly semi-converts have EVER known or shall know! I shall NOT dignify this with a long counter-argument. Simply look at the following video links… they’re the fruit of our Orthodox Russian culture:

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THIS is why these semi-converts have to shut up. They’re bezkulturny suppliants… they’ve NOTHING to teach us… they’ve no culture, no narod, no real history (they’ve had no Smuta, the Mongol Yoke, or the VOV… all these posturing poseurs taken together don’t equal one blokadnik who survived the 900 days). This is especially true of loudmouthed former Sectarian heretics; for Sectarianism (which is a satanic simulacrum of Christianity) has given the world no novelists, no musicians, no composers, no dancers, no actors, no dancers, and no poets. By their fruits, ye shall know them… indeed! The fruit from our Orthodox Russian culture is abundant and sweet… the fruit from Sectarian posturing is meagre and bitter (as these two diatribes illustrated even to the slow learners). Where is their Ilya Glazunov? Their Valentin Rasputin? Their Valery Gergiev? Their Natalia Bessmertnova? They don’t have any, which is proof positive that, since they have no fruits, they don’t have God either.

Stay away from Kristi! If you continue, I’ll hear of it, and I’ll defend her to the utmost. I’ll not allow self-absorbed ignorant harpies to attack my friends, and that’s that. Don’t mess with Russians, or with our friends, or you’ll find out what we’re made of. To end this, here’s a poem that illustrates our attitude:

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St John the Baptist Chapel in the Piskarovsky Memorial Cemetery

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Здесь лежат ленинградцы

Здесь горожане — мужчины, женщины, дети.
Рядом с ними солдаты-красноармейцы.
Всею жизнью своею
Они защищали тебя, Ленинград,
Колыбель революции.
Их имён благородных мы здесь перечислить не сможем,
Так их много под вечной охраной гранита.
Но знай, внимающий этим камням:
Никто не забыт и ничто не забыто.

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Here Lay Leningraders

Here are city dwellers, men, women, and children
Next to them, Red Army soldiers.
They defended you, Leningrad,
The cradle of the Revolution
With all their lives.
We cannot list their noble names here,
There are so many of them under the eternal protection of granite.
But know this, those who regard these stones:
No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

Olga Berggolts

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Albany NY 

23 August 2011. FROC HQ Break-In… oca.org Didn’t Deign to Tell You This…

A correspondent sent me this:

I wanted to let everyone know that we had a break-in and substantial damage at the Administration Building last week. As of now, we know the following:

  1. The break-in occurred late last week; we discovered it on Saturday
  2.  Someone broke in through a window using a beer bottle
  3. They broke one of the toilets; they left a sink running, so, there’s extensive water damage, and, possibly, already some mould
  4. They punched multiple holes in the walls
  5. They sprayed the fire extinguisher all over Sandy’s office room
  6. They generally ransacked the rest of the building
  7. There was nothing taken; there was no damage to any icons/liturgical items
  8. There was damage in the archive/storage room, but it appeared to be trifling

Already, ServiceMaster is doing clean-up and restoration, and Mickey Herzak has put in our insurance claim. Michael Steffaro was able to visit and look the damage over today; I’m speaking with Sandy daily to monitor the progress and any news.

Let’s not shilly-shally on this one. This is the kind of news that oca.org (and ocanews.org) is supposed to deal with… that is, internal news that won’t get coverage in the general media. All that oca.org reports in its main news section are things like Moriak’s worthless “urban summit” and Dahulich’s bootless “church growth boot camp” (I see a pattern here… is this why ACROD got rid of this duo? Sure looks like a fondness for showboating and Much Ado About Nothing projects to me…). It ignores important internal news like this… but the konvertsy drool away on command, don’t they?

FROC obviously needs some help, guys. It takes dinero to recover from something like this. Now, here’s a project that you could help generously. Do you hear that sound? It’s your baba and dede up in heaven telling you to “do the right thing”. So, listen, won’t ya? Go on, and write that cheque to the FROC guys… I’m NOT connected with ‘em, but I know that they’ve been around since Adam, and they’re basically an honest lot. To think that oca.org wouldn’t report this… what would Metropolitan Leonty say of all that? Nothing good, I’d warrant…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Albany NY

Editor’s Update:

A friend asked me what FROC stood for. It’s Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs… a po-nashemu social organisation that did much good. They’re best known for their bowling tournament, which, I’m assured, was tons o’ fun and helped to really bring people together. In short, a group that DESERVES your support.

BMD

Editor’s Further Update:

I received this:

They changed the name to FOCA… they waited for some of the older folks to die before they did this, knowing they’d object… by the way, at last year’s FROC convention, JP was supposed to be there, but he changed his mind at the last moment… but he did come later during the week for a day or two, but he became the first Metropolitan to skip the convention’s main liturgy in the history of the FROC (we think).

This is reprehensible on the part of Fathausen. He slobbers over worthless loudmouth konvertsy such as Rod Dreher and Jesse Cone, but he won’t associate with real Orthodox Christians. That’s without defence and utterly in the wrong. I read the bleats of “Carol S” and Andrea Vangor (I find it illuminating that the first named was a punk coward who REFUSED to sign her full family name to her screed) on the Orthodox Forum… when you add those to Fathausen’s disreputable snubbing of the FROC… well, that tells you something about the konvertsy poseurs, does it not? They’re squalling toddlers in stinking nappies… you know what they’re full of… and that’s all that they are..

BMD

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